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Monday, February 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm  |  59 responses

All-Star Giveaway!

We’ll be hooking you up with All-Star gear all week long, starting with today.

Even if you can’t make it down to Dallas for the festivities this weekend, at least you can watch the game in style. Every day this week, we’ll be giving away an item from  adidas’ All-Star closet. We got tees. We got jerseys. We got jackets.  And come Friday, we’ve got an extra special prize package to give away, complete with a special item signed by one of adidas’ All-Stars. Today we start off the week of contests with an adidas long sleeve Clima Core tee.

Want a chance to rock this tee? Here’s what you have to do to win it: In 100 words or less, tell us who your favorite All-Star of the past decade was and why.

We’re gonna close this contest tomorrow, announce a winner and open another adidas All-Star contest. All week long you’ll be a few hundred words and a click away from owning some of this year’s freshest All-Star gear. So keep your eyes on your monitor, and your fingers on the keyboard.

*If you feel like copping AS gear on your own, you can do so here.


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  • Pic

    Easy – Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal. Crossing up Mehmet Okur. The Big Shaqawokeez entrance. The danceoff with Dwight & Lebron. The shoe-phone. The remote control shoe. Even the 3-point attempts and the freethrows with his eyes closed. He’s not going to be in this year’s all-star game, and it’s just not gonna be the same. He was always the star of stars. Oh, and he won 3 ASG MVP’s this decade.

  • http://www.twitter.com/adam_greenbaum Adam

    Most important was Michael Jordan in 2003 as it was his final All Star Game and it allowed him to pass Kareem Abdul Jabar as the all-time leading scorer in All-Star game history.

  • AnsonPanson

    T-mac. self alley

  • http://www.twitter.com/dominicderose dlouis

    Easy. Derrick Rose. He is the phoenix rising from the ashes of a franchise devastated by a guy with 8 chins who thought it was a good idea to hire Tim Floyd along with: Corey Benjamin, Kornel David, Fred Hoiberg, Dedric Willoughby, Dalibor Bagaric, Marcus Fizer, A.J. Guyton, and who could forget the great Dragan Tarlac.

  • Brett

    MICHAEL JORDAN- THE best player in the history of the NBA making his last ALL-Star appearance in 2003. Fans were excited to see him, players were excited to play with him, for everything he did for the game it was one night where everyone was able to honor him. And boy did he deliver- 20 points and he hit his trademark fadeaway jumper with 4.8 seconds remaining to put the East up by 2. Shame they didn’t win. It was vintage jordan and he stole the show!

  • Tim Phaneuf

    KG. The Big Ticket was a lock to beast it in every ASG of the last decade and he never failed to disappoint. He toned down his typical fiery demeanor.. slightly, but just slightly and thats what I liked most. Sure, he was out there to have fun and put on a show (Da Kid could throw down an oop with the best of them ever) but his intensity took the games from a joke to competitive faster than an AI crossover.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    My favorite All-star selection of the past decade came just this year: Rajon Rondo. On a Boston Celtics team that seems to be on its last leg, with three aging superstars anchoring their championship run. Doc put faith into Rondo as their starting point guard for three consecutive years, finally getting the output that they were looking for: a triple double threat every night. His quick game, developing leadership and heads-up defense is finally getting recognition–his first selection of many to come, as he establishes his place as the alpha dog on a historic team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Shaq. To be honest, there is no All Star Game without Shaq. He always made the event fun! Watching Shaq play the point guard trying to cross up others, taking free throws with his eyes closed as if it was a piece of cake, and showing he can hang with even the Jabbawockeez. It’s actually a shame he wasn’t selected in this year’s event. The fans will definitely notice something’s missing in this year’s game. If there was someone more entertaining over the past decade, then I must have missed it.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Ehhhh there are errors on the last one. Here’s the better entry:

  • Tyler Whitcomb

    It was just announced today. Chris Kaman as a replacement. He went to Tri-Unity Christian, which is 5 minutes from my house. His Dad is Friends with my business partners Dad from NBA Draft Scouts.com. I play 3 on 3 tournamanets all year long with a former teammate of his and have beaten his good friend and business manager, I believe that was in ESPN magazine a few years ago. So, I know laot of people that are connected to him. Also, Bradley University called me about recruiting him befroe he committed to Central Michigan. One of my good friends and at the time roomate was a 7 footer and ended up at Bradley, plus I was a juco assistant at KVCC where my roomate played (That’s why they called me about him)So basically I’m a fan of Chris and really root for him and it’s nice to see him make the all star roster even if it is as a replacement.The only other pros to make it to an NBA team or NBA summer team from West michigan is Kaman, Drew Neitzel (Summer ball), and Geno Carlisle.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    My favorite All-star selection of the past decade came just this year: Rajon Rondo. On a Boston Celtics team that seems to be on its last leg, with three aging superstars anchoring their championship run, Rondo’s the MVP. Doc put faith into Rondo as their starting point guard for three consecutive years, finally getting the output that they were looking for: a triple double threat every night. His quick game, developing leadership and heads-up defense is finally getting recognition–his first selection of many to come, as he establishes his place as the alpha dog on a historic team.

  • Ball For Life

    My favourite All Star of the past decade, has definitely been Tim Duncan. Duncan has played with a lot of heart and determination, the past 10 years. He has also helped the Spurs win 3 Championships this decade and also won 2 MVP trophies! He has played his best, and still has been quiet and underrated. He’s not Lebron or Kobe, but he’s himself, a true power forward/center, who has excelled in basketball and his life. The past decade he has been an all-star every time, and he will continue to do so! He is a true Legend!

  • Tyler Whitcomb

    So its under 100 words and some corrections –

    It was just announced today. Chris Kaman as a replacement. He went to Tri-Unity Christian, which is 5 minutes from my house. His Dad is Friends with my business partners Dad from NBA Draft Scouts.com. I play 3 on 3 tournaments all year long with a former teammate of his and have beaten his good friend and business manager, I believe that was in ESPN magazine a few years ago. So, I know laot of people that are connected to him. Also, Bradley University called me about recruiting him befroe he committed to Central Michigan

  • Tyler Whitcomb

    corrections to misspells and to get under 100 words – It was just announced today. Chris Kaman as a replacement. He went to Tri-Unity Christian, which is 5 minutes from my house. His Dad is Friends with my business partners Dad from NBA Draft Scouts.com. I play 3 on 3 tournaments all year long with a former teammate of his and have beaten his good friend and business manager, I believe that was in ESPN magazine a few years ago. So, I know alot of people that are connected to him. Also, Bradley University called me about recruiting him befroe he committed to Central Michigan.

  • jumpman3224

    Kobe – If we’re talking all-star accolades for just this decade, he made the team every year and raised 3 MVP trophies. He scored in bunches, hit clutch shots and played defense (when it mattered). He’s the guy that wants to show where he ranks against the rest of the league’s stars and comes to play every game.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloMan2.0

    Vince Carter- Whether he deserved to be there or not, you could aways count on pure entertainment when VC checked into the game. His final one as a Raptor (2004) let everyone know that he still had it, soaring at heights unseen by him since 2000. For a while, he was the only person that represented the entire country at AS weekend, and he did a damn good job at it

  • cheire

    my favorite All-Star of the past decade is vince carter in the slam dunk contest in golden state in 2000.Vince was confident in the dunks he was doing and showed what he could do. He got the crowd going when he did his dunks. when his forearm went through the rim,the reverse 360 windmill, bounce pass between the legs dunk and the two handed dunk from free throw area. These dunks helped him win the 2000 dunk contest that had Steve Francis, Tracy Mcgrady, Ricky Davis, Larry Hughes and jerry Stackhouse.

  • celtics

    my favourite all-star of the past decade would have to be lebron james because of his highlight moves and amazing dunks in the all star game. Such as off the backboard dunks. Or alley oops to himself. Hes the only one to achieve 2.5 million votes 3 years ina row. So the fans love him and want him in the all-star game each and every year. HE wins mvp mostly every year.

  • jay

    Shaq. To be honest, there is no All Star Game without Shaq. He always made the event fun! Watching Shaq play the point guard trying to cross up others, taking free throws with his eyes closed as if it was a piece of cake, and showing he can hang with even the Jabbawockeez. My fav moment was, Crossing up Mehmet Okur. The Big Shaqawokeez entrance. The danceoff with Dwight & Lebron. The shoe-phone. The remote control shoe. Even the 3-point attempts and the freethrows with his eyes closed. He’s not going to be in this year’s all-star game, and it’s just not gonna be the same. He was always the star of stars. Oh, and he won 3 ASG MVP’s this decade. I am upset that hes not an all star this year, all that great entertainment gone.

  • J-Ro

    KG. Trash Talk.

  • BIGant

    Without a doubt, the #1 basketball player in the game right now is Kobe Bryant. I enjoyed watching all of his past all star games and hope he will be in the 2010 one! He is a very inspirational sports player and someone I look up too. He is always engaging with his team members and isn’t cocky or conceided, but confident and brave.

  • car

    lakers!

  • Justin Lugtu

    Allen iverson- i love ai. Its great watching him in the all star game. If i had to choose one, stephon marbury and ai bringing back the east to win. I think iverson is my favorite all star because at 5’11, he is so great. He inspires me to play basketball since im short too. Ai also makes the game fun to watch and amazes me every time I see him play with guys a foot taller than him. I hope to play just like him one day.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Kobe Bryant. Every game to him seems like a championship game. He brings it. Gotta love the drive, heart, hustle and competitiveness!!!

  • Paddy

    In 2004 when Jamaal Magloire was an all-star and not just because we were both born in Toronto. Everyone said he didn`t deserve to be in the game and he was just in because all the other centers in the East sucked. Well, Magloire silenced his critics with a solid 19,8 representing the t dot well.

  • Paddy

    In 2004 when Jamaal Magloire was an all-star and not just because we were both born in Toronto. Everyone said he didn`t deserve to be in the game and he was just in because all the other centers in the East sucked. Well, Magloire silenced his critics with a solid 19,8 representing the t dot well.

  • Ian

    Dwight Howard. He changed the whole weekend and made it so much more fun to watch. In just a few years the dunk contest went from guys repeating themselves year after year, the overall talent of players dropping lower and lower, to guys wearing capes and slapping stickers on the backboard. It is so amazing to see a 6-11 player with the athleticism that Dwight has. He also plays in the all-star game where the only difference from the dunk contest is that there are people standing in his way, which does not seem to affect him. Dwight Howard is my favorite all-star because of how dominant he is on Saturday and Sunday.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    ASG 2000. A little guy with tattoos and cornrows by the name of Allen Iverson was going to take over ASG’s for a decade. AI owned ASG’s, putting on a show every year. I wont forget the 2001 game when he DOMINATED the giants of the West. Iverson was like the cool kid at school, everyone wanted to be like him. The fans loved him and made sure he started every year. Now 2010 a broken down 34 year old AI having his worst year is still starting. People say he doesn’t deserve it. Those people must have missed the last 10 All-Star games.

  • Lebron is greater than Kobe

    Lebron James – Lebron dominated ont he all star court like he does in every game u watched him last few years u couldnt stop him, u remember that spin move to the hoop last year(like a ballerina), dunk on nowitzki 2008 bam aint no one getin in the way, besides the fact that hes shown dozens of highlights and mvp of 05 06 and 07 08 he also averaged 5 assits per game in the Asg, Lebron shows in the ASG that hes the king of the L

  • kdeezy

    Ray Allen – Ray Allen’s game isn’t fancy. He doesn’t do 360s, windmills, or ally-oops to himself. Ray Allen takes big shots and makes them. Ray is one of the best shooters of all time. He has been a 9 time allstar and should have been the allstar mvp for 2008. Ray scored 14 points in a stretch of 2 minutes and 30 seconds in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the East team, yet the mvp was given to LBJ. Ray didn’t complain, because all he cares about is the W.

  • nel-o

    Danny Granger – He’s the first player in NBA history to raise his scoring average in each of his first five seasons. He comes from a small town in Louisiana, and went to two mid major schools. Then gets drafted by a middle of the road franchise, and continues to make a name for himself. He may not be a household superstar to some people, but he works hard to get the recognition he should deserve.

  • JayChau

    Hate him now, or still love him. Vince Carter. In 2001 ASG, everyone just NEEDED to see Vinsanity. All-star game all about entertainment, and what’s better entertainment than VC pulling off contest-worthy dunks?

  • LS

    Sam (I Am) Cassell – forget all the extra stuff (alien resemblance, ball dance, etc)…Sam could ball. I never like to say so-and-so shouldn’t have been on and Sam should, but he helped turn around the Bucks and completely revitalized the L-Wolves and the Clippers (!!!!!). Well deserved berth for Sammy in 2004 in La-La Land!

  • Jordan

    No NBA All Star embodied the spirit of basketball within the past decade quite like Kobe Bryant. The single player with the true “killer” instinct, he truly maxed out on every possession, on offense AND D. The coolest cat under pressure, Kobe truly defines what an All Star should be about.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Iverson cause he had lots of SLAM covers. Prize, please.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Logues

    KG, cause all star weekend fits him perfect. He loves talkin trash all game, and dude is funny as hell. Remember the KG-Chris Webber show in 2000 dunk contest? Them young KG legs were exciting to watch

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Fave all-star of the decade is Ray Allen. This guy is the definition of All-Star. He is the hardest working guy in the NBA-first at the gym, last to leave. Constantly working on getting better, whether it be shooting free-throws, jumpshots or working in the weightroom, he is always trying to improve. Then you have the way he carries himself. Well-spoken, polite, intelligent and of course always dressed to kill. He’s the ultimate dad, as we saw during the 2008 Finals as he agonized over his son’s illness. Ray always emphasizes how bball is just a game and family is the most important thing at the end of the day. Ray Allen is one of the few players that is truly an All-Star in every sense of the title.

  • Gannon Rust

    My favorite all-star of the past decade has to be Michael Redd. He was the guy that made me a Milwaukee Bucks fan again, once Ray Allen high-tailed it out of there and Big Dog had had a little too much kibble. He was the reason, not Brandon Jennings (no disrespect) that I bought NBA League Pass. I live in southeast Texas, but I had to watch my man annihilate his opponents with his ridiculous left-handed crank jumpshot. He was the reason I used the Bucks for my franchise team on NBA Live. It hurts me to see him going out the way he is now, fading into the limelight of the injured star. But no worries, even if he doesn’t come back, I will never forget what his game and uplifting attitude meant to me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ray-Z

    Shaq was fun, Kobe was sick, AI was cool too. But Vince Carter was different. The swagger, the attitude, the excitement, the dunks. Carter was the most exciting dude on the court. The fans loved him and voted him in every year. In the games everyone would want the ball to go to VC so he could throw down a dunk that would get us out our seats. He had the ability to steal the show in just one play, plays like the 05 self alley-oop. The ASG will never be the same without my favorite All-Star Vince Carter.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Manny

    Shaq. Talk about a guy who changed All-Star Weekend. The guy made Mid-February the best week of the year. The charisma, energy,excitement he brought to the game was amazing. Sitting their dressed like a pimp when he wasn’t playing and having so much fun when he was playing. Weather it was jacking up threes, playing point, having dance off’s or bringing in gadgets Shaq controlled the crowd like no player ever has. Shaq ran All-Star. 07 sucked without him and 2010 won’t be the same unless he shows up. Shaquille O’Neal is my favorite All-Star…..Shaquille O’Neal is All-Star.

  • Gianz

    The crossovers, The crowd erupting when he gets announced as a starter, the no look passes, the alley-oops to T-Mac and VC, The MVP’s, the 2001 All-Star game, the celebirty status and the swagger. Allen Iverson had it all and he did it all. He was the main man at All-Star weekend for the past decade and had so many moments. Iverson put on a show every time he played and was easily the most popular All-Star of the past decade. 10 years later AI is still starting at the ASG and YES! is still capable of taking home MVP honors.

  • Logan

    Gotta say Shaq. From all the teams he has been on, he has been consistently voted an All-star every year. He always makes the All star week memorable, wheter it is reuniting with Kobe or dancing, nobody can touch the big man.

  • http://marvic_pacoma@yahoo.com Marvic Pacoma

    The greatest all star this decade will have to be Allen Iverson. The dude won the all star MVP twice, one in 01 and the last one in 05. Although AI is at the end of his career, fans like us still can’t get enough of our hero, needless to say we bumped him as a starter for the All-star game this year. His influence transcends out of the court and beyond NBA, he is what we can call as an inspiration that gives hope to common people like us, considering where he came from and his built, it is not always easy for people of his frame to be where AI had come and gone. Simply put, AI is sensational and inspirational all at the same time.

  • LeoneL

    Shaq is great, but I would have to go with Chris Paul. He’s not as entertaining as Shaq or as high-flying as Vince, but he’s a fierce competitor and it shows in his All-Star game appearance in PHX, telling guys like Kobe and Shaq what to do on several plays. He won’t smile all the time but I bet you, his plays made a lot of people smile. Especially that emphatic dunk off an alley-oop pass from Tony Parker. Simply amazing.

  • k

    Has to be Gary Payton in ’02. Kobe ended up being the obvious MVP choice, but it was really a scorer’s performance from a scorer’s effort in an exhibition; Payton, as quietly as a HOF PG can, came off the bench (with Stevie Franchise starting and going 1-8 from the field) and got 18 points off of 13 shots with 4 triples, 6 assists and 3 steals in 22 minutes. Signature stuff from maybe the best point of his generation, and so few people probably even remember it.

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    My favorite…Mr. Black Mamba. I’m grown up with him, the Dunk Champ, number #8 and #24, in a Laker uniform, in a All-Star uniform, Skills Competition, The Dunks, The Moves, The Smile, MVP’s, The Boo’s(nothing like home, huh?), The Kicks, number #12 coming up (ankle?)

  • Cindy Miller

    My son would love this. He is a huge fan and we live in Dallas but can not afford to go. This would be great.

  • kangaroo Jack

    Shaquille O’Neal has redefined the term all star game. With the physique of an ox, the hands of watch repairman combined with an ego twice as big as himself and showmanship reminiscent of an early Eddie Murphy, we as an NBA community are witness not to a game with the greatest stars, but rather an action-comedy. From his dunk on the ‘Admiral,’ his various failed 3 point attempts, playing PG at any moment he touches the ball and his inability to control himself when either ‘dance’ or ‘shaq’s crazy shoe’ are mentioned, he is by far the most eccentric, talented and therefore the greatest all-star of the decade.

  • Mindy Molina

    Michael Jordan – he made the game exciting! No one can even come close to his amazing air and dunks!

  • Kevin

    Allen Iverson in 2001. This game summed up Iverson’s “never quit” mentality down to the last tick on the clock. The East trailed 95-74 with nine minutes left after the West dominated the first 39 minutes behind its superior size. It appeared the game would come out looking like a mismatch with the size differential between the two squads, but the East proved them wrong. Iverson sparked the comeback scoring 15 of his 25 points in the final nine minutes. Allen Iverson was named All-Star Game MVP after he rallied the East to an improbable 111-110 comeback victory.

  • Nick Smith

    There has been one All Star that perennially stands out from the rest of the pack: Kobe Bryant. Kobe has earned an All Star birth 11 out of his 13 years in the NBA. In the past decade, Kobe has won 3 All Star MVP’s, more than any other player. But Kobe’s fantastic play is what sets him apart from the rest of the NBA’s elite. Kobe proves every year that he is the premier shooting guard in the league and has the rings to prove it. He’s a winner. That’s why he’s my favorite.

  • NAS

    Josh Smith 2010 – He got JOBBED, i consider him an allstar and look forward to him scoring 25 points, grabbing 10 boards and blocking 5 shots on the PSP later tonight

  • David García

    the latest ASG of Michael Jordan and his missed dunk.

  • Cskin

    Allen Iverson is my favorite all star of the past decade. He was never my favorite player and I was never a huge fan of his game, but his fighter mentality and will to win won me over. The fact that he impacted these games with so much talent and size on the court is just increadable. Iverson’s attitude in these games and drive to win, have made him my favorite all star of the 2000′s.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    What happened to the Junk Food Tee contest?

  • MBE18

    Sprewell-It was the last time a Knick has given me anything to be proud of. It has been tough being a Knick fan. Especially since they decided to trade Sprewell for KEITH VAN HORN!!!!! I deserve something for my LOYALTY and PAIN!!!

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